We are the Rooney family from Australia and are desperately searching for our son Owen, who walked away from the hospital and his belongings in Grand Forks, BC, on August 14, 2010. He has not been heard from since. It is extremely unusual for him to not be in contact with friends and family.

He had sustained a head injury on Aug 12, 2010.

He is 5'9" tall, 160 lb, has an Australian accent and was last seen wearing a dark shirt and shorts. He has tattoos on his right calf and on his shoulder (see pictures below, right). He worked at Big White in Kelowna for the previous two winters and at a restaurant in Kelowna until his disappearance.

We are asking for your help and are most appreciative of any help you can give us. If you can print out posters and put them up, that would help a LOT (visit this site and right click to print or go to the Facebook page and click on File and then Owens Poster to download it). Read below to see where posters have already been placed.

Our Facebook page is Help Find Owen Rooney. To share via Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, etc, there is a row of icons below the word Comments under each post. Just click on the appropriate one. Facebook gives you two choices for the thumbnail you can use. I suggest you use the picture of Owen. I can't get it to be the default.

Do you have any further ideas? Enter any info by clicking a Comments link below. Thanks!!

Contact Grand Forks RCMP: 250-442-8288 or Kelly Rooney: 778-686-3534 or Crimestoppers: 1-800-222-8477 or email: sfsrooney@gmail.com

Saturday, August 25, 2012

http://www.ulladullatimes.com.au/story/238226/rooney-family-will-never-give-up-hope/?cs=1480 This is the story in our local paper in Australia if anyone would like to share it with your social media we would be very grateful. Thank you Sharron Rooney

Monday, August 13, 2012

Two years

Two years on we are maintaining our connections in Canada. The RCMP and Dept of Foreign Affairs of Australia still maintain minimal contact. We have had no knowledge of any supposed sightings for the last few months. We have worked to make sure our family is still strong and held together with the love that guided our search. We continue to hold open the path that will allow and guide Owen to return to us in whatever form that is. We love you Owen. We will do or follow any leads that are sent to us. We are eternally grateful to all who have helped and continue with their love support trust and faith. Our website www.find-owen.com is till active and a poster can be downloaded if you would like to put one in your town in Canada or the USA And so our journey continues in trust. Thank you all.

A Prayer written for us by a lady in the USA. We thank her for it and it is well used for anyone who would like to share it today.

I know there is One Mind of Wisdom & Love. I know within that Mind is Divine Resolution about any & every circumstance of concern. I know Love flows to every Life & every Life is sustained in Love. Within this Truth I call forth that Divine Wisdom to guide all those who are seeking Owen. I trust Owen's whereabouts are revealed now. I am grateful for the Powerful Invisible Loving Support that is present in this search & that this family feels this Love on a tangible level.
I am thankful for the Love that flows to Owen from his family & from Spirit. I trust the Grace of God is with Owen now & always. I rest in this Grace, knowing Resolution is at hand now. I release these words into the Universal Law of Attraction, knowing It is always paying attention to our focus & saying "yes" to that which we focus upon. I trust Owen is found & reunited with his family now. And so it is! Amen.

thank you all

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Review Board has Released its Report on Owen's Disappearance

The Grand Forks Gazette article:
"A recently released report suggests that missing Australian man Owen Rooney could have received better care when he was at Boundary Hospital in Grand Forks in August 2010."

The Castlegar Source article can be read here:
"Missing Australian 26-year-old Owen Rooney’s family has mixed feelings over the results of an independent review of Interior Health Authority’s (IHA) procedures at the time of Owen’s disappearance in August 2010."

The CBC News article:
"An internal report says medical staff at Boundary Hospital in Grand Forks, B.C., could have done more to help a young Australian man who later vanished from the hospital."
Read more....
Thank you to the news outlets for their continued interest in our story.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

"Report criticizes hospital for care of missing Australian"

"An internal report says medical staff at Boundary Hospital in Grand Forks, B.C., could have done more to help a young Australian man who later vanished from the hospital." Read more at the CBC website.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The One Year Anniversary Has Passed

The anniversary of Owen's disappearance was on August 14. We are so pleased that the media has not forgotten and are continuing to have an interest in publicizing our story.

Thank you to Metro News for this story: Not Giving Up on Their Search

And to CTV British Columbia: Search for Owen Rooney Continues One Year Later

For those of you following our story, the CTV article contains some updated information.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Grand Forks Has Not Forgotten About Owen

Karl Yu, at the Grand Forks Gazette, has done another story, this one to coincide with the one year anniversary of Owen's disappearance. Thank you Karl. The story can be read here, at the BC Local News website.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Sydney Morning Herald is Following Our Story

Thanks to the Sydney Morning Herald, for their continued interest in our search for Owen. The full story can be read here: www.smh.com.au

Monday, June 13, 2011

Owen Rooney Missing in Canada

What a night!! Thanks to Amy Newton who organised the event, the Milton Ulladulla Ex Servicemen’s Club and ALL who came. A special thanks to a whole list of amazing people including but not limited to The Bungalows, NEW NAVY BAND, Jeremy Quinn, Liam Quinn, Rhys Ferguson, Holly Mooney and Tim Thompson for the music.

Monday, May 23, 2011

View the Video at 60 Minutes Australia Website

Click here to view the video at the 60 Minutes Australia website.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

60 Minutes Australia Will Be Airing Owen's Story

On Sunday May 22, at 7:30pm, 60 Minutes Australia will be airing Owen's story. If you miss it you can view it here at the 60 Minutes Australia website.

A Huge Thank You to All Who Have Put Up Posters!

We recently looked at the statistics for pageviews of the poster page on the website. Since Nov 13, it has been viewed over 2600 times!

So we are assuming that at least that many posters have been printed and put up. We thank you very very very much!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

100 Mile House

After the airing of the Fifth Estate program, the RCMP in 100 Mile House were contacted regarding a possible sighting of Owen there. They looked into the person thought possibly to be Owen and it believe to be a local man.

However we are very grateful to Constable Chris Manseau for keeping our story alive and submitting it to the local newspaper.

Here is a link to the story in the 100 Mile Free Press.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

We Are Not The Only Family Missing a Loved One

Since we have begun our search for Owen, a number of people have contacted us to say that they too have missing loved ones. Some have found them, but others have not. A friend of a missing young lady in Revelstoke, BC has suggested we help each other with an exchange of information on each other's sites, to help us all reach a wider audience:

Here is Brianne Wolgram's story:
Twelve and a half years ago she went missing in Revelstoke, BC. On Sept 7, 2010 the The Province newspaper published this article:

"The Revelstoke teen was only 19 when she vanished on Sept. 5, 1998, last seen at 11:30 p.m. outside a 7-Eleven store in the company of three unidentified girls about her age.

Five days later, her black Acura Integra was found on a logging road near Akolkolex Falls, about a 45-minute drive from her house. Her keys were in the ignition; her ID and cash found in the glove compartment."

To read the rest of the article and to read the blog about Brianne's case, please follow this link: http://www.findbrianne.wordpress.com/

Saturday, March 12, 2011

For Those of You Outside of Canada

You can view Fifth Estate show about our family's search for Owen on YouTube here:

A huge thank you to CBC TV's Fifth Estate for doing the show, and a thank you to Mason H. for putting on YouTube so our friends outside of Canada can see it.

Thank you for all your love and support. You keep our spirits up.

Friday, March 11, 2011

A Reminder About Fifth Estate on CBC TV Tonight

The Fifth Estate has done a story on our search for Owen. It airs tonight on CBC Friday at 9pm. It will give you all a good picture of our journey so far and we share some unanswered questions that someone can hopefully help us with. Please take the time to watch, or if not you can find it after Friday at www.cbc.ca/fifth, if you are in Canada. If not, we hope it will be available on YouTube and will let you know if it is.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

ninemsn in Australia

ninemsn in Australia has a news story about our situation. There are a few details included there that other stories have not had. Also a more pictures, a timeline and a map. Here is the first part of the article:
The Rooney family, which includes Owen's parents and three siblings, is clinging to the hope the young traveller is still alive and may not know who he is.

PHOTOS: Family's desperate search

But they also feel frustrated by "loose ends" in the investigation such as why Owen sent about 10 text messages to his ex-girlfriend the night before he disappeared and what made him walk out of a hospital without telling anyone, while still recovering from head trauma, and leave behind his broken phone and backpack.

MAP: Owen's last known movements

read more ....

Monday, February 28, 2011

Watch The Fifth Estate on CBC TV on March 11th

We have recently been contacted by CBC TV's The Fifth Estate . They have documented Owen's story and our journey in looking for him. It airs on CBC Friday March 11th at 9pm. It will give you all a good picture of our journey so far and we share some unanswered questions that someone can hopefully help us with. Please take the time to watch, or if not you can find it after Friday at www.cbc.ca/fifth

Thanks for all your love and support.

See More about The Fifth Estate at the above link. Canada's premiere investigatives series, hosted by Hana Gartner, Bob McKeown, Linden MacIntyre and Gillian Findlay

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Grand Forks Gazette Spoke With the Local RCMP

Karl Yu, Grand Forks Gazette, Feb 23, 2011:

"Grand Forks RCMP’s Staff Sgt. Jim Harrison says that his detachment stays in contact with Rooney’s family on a regular basis and there haven’t been any developments.

He did say that Grand Forks Search and Rescue conducted a search of the Hardy Mountain area on Feb. 12 but, like other searches, it failed to yield any results.

“We want to solve this thing,” Harrison says. “It’s just been a huge, huge file. I mean we’re up to 850 pages on the file already, it’s just monstrous. It’s stretched from Alberta to all of B.C. It’s been a big effort and we’re still active as Hell in the investigation, as far as following up on tips and going back and (re-examining) things that are already done just to make sure – it’s not going to end until we get something substantive to work with.”

Back in December, there were reports of Rooney being sighted on Vancouver Island with a group of people selling dreamcatchers, but Harrison says that there haven’t been any such reports lately.

“We did identify one guy amongst the dreamcatcher sellers – at least we had a picture of him – and it definitely was not Owen,” says Harrison.

As for Owen’s family, they have been following up on all leads and while there have been reports that they will return to Australia, they haven’t made a firm decision yet. They are still hoping people with any information will come forward.

“We will have to go home at some stage but we have not decided when that is yet,” explains Kelly Rooney, Owen’s sister.

“It’s a difficult decision to make. Australia is a long way to go home with unanswered questions. That’s why we need anyone with any information about Owen to come forward, either to us or the police.

“There are still questions we need answered. Why was Owen at Christina Lake? Did he know anyone there? Did he go back there after the hospital? Where is he now? Someone has to know these answers. We just need these people to come forward and help,” she says."

Sunday, February 20, 2011

We Were Interviewed by the Kelowna Capital News and CBC Radio's Daybreak South

We really appreciate your giving us the publicity. The story can be read here: http://www.bclocalnews.com/okanagan_similkameen/kelownacapitalnews/news/116281924.html target="_blank">

If you go to the CBC Radio website here, you can listen to the interview by clicking on the link titled Still Looking For Owen. Thank you Daybreak South. It was a good interview.

We Are Back in BC

CTVBC asks the same question we have been asking and wrote about it here: What Happened to Owen Rooney?

Closer to where Owen went missing, The Boundary Sentinel is carrying our story here and The Castlegar Source here

Speaking of Castlegar, it is still unknown how Owen travelled the stretch of road from there to Christina Lake on August 11. If anyone has any infomation regarding that information, please contact any of the numbers at the top of this webpage.

CTV Calgary Updates Our Situation

Many thanks to CTV Calgary for your continuing interest in our search for Owen. The lastest story, from Feb 2 is here: http://calgary.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110205/CGY_rooney_search_110205/20110205/?hub=CalgaryHome target="_blank"

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Toronto Sun is Helping to Publicize Our Search in Eastern Canada

Thank you to the Toronto Sun for your help in our search for Owen! The same story ran in Edmonton, on the Edmonton Sun webpage here.

cnews in Edmonton has also done a story. You can read it here.

iNews880 AM Radio has a story here.

We couldn't do this without the help of the media. We can't thank you enough.

Lethbridge Herald Writes a Good Story

I am sorry that the blog has not been updated since mid January, but I have been out of the country.

This story was in the Jan 26 edition of the Lethbridge Herald. Thanks to the reporter for covering the story with extra details included.

Read the story here: http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/local-news/the-search-for-owen-12611.html